Anglican Prayer Beads Support Contemplative Prayer

Janet Weiser and Anglican Prayer Beads

By Janet Weiser
“... my heart is open to Thee
Teach me how to pray
Do thyself pray within me.”
- St. Philaret of Moscow

Our recent Women’s Renewal Day was indeed a day of renewal of heart and spirit. Thank you, Wendy and Corie, for planning and providing activities, food and lots of good cheer. In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to learn how to make and use Anglican Prayer Beads.

Blending Catholic rosaries and orthodox Jesus prayer ropes, the beads are a tactile means of prayer discipline, a method of focusing our hearts and minds on Jesus, moving us deeper and deeper into communion with the Lord.  Touching the beads keeps our minds from wandering; the rhythm of the prayers aid in reaching stillness, opening our hearts to the presence of God.

Essentially, the beads are strung in a circle with the cross hanging below. Prayers proceed from the cross around the circle and then end with the cross. Often the prayer beads are made of wood, but all kinds of beads are possible. Four larger beads separate the circle into sections of seven days each. I’m in the picture, practicing a prayer cycle as I work around the beads.

If you want to learn how to make prayer beads and choose your own contemplative prayer sequence, go to this web site.

“More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of.”     
- Alfred Lord Tennyson